REFORM EFFORTS BUILD MOMENTUM
insiders expressed cautious optimism Thursday (May 18) that the end may be in
sight for its work on immigration reform. The publication Congressional Quarterly
reports that an aide to Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said that if Frist
believes he needs to file cloture on the bill to meet his deadline for passage,
he would do so early in the week. Others in leadership positions have indicated
a wait and see attitude.
on Thursday, Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced an amendment that would
impose an additional application fee on immigrants to begin the process of legalization.
It would create a fund that would collect those fees and use the money to help
states pay for health and educational services for non-citizens. The amendment
was adopted 64-32.
Senate passed an additional amendment that would authorize construction of a 370-mile
fence along part of the U.S.-Mexico border and another establishing English as
our national language.
of Friday (May 19), the AgJobs legislation remains intact with no amendments.
AgJOBS would reform the H-2A guest worker program and allow workers who lack legal
status, but have worked in this countrys agriculture industry for a certain
period of time, to apply for permanent worker status.
looks fairly obvious that the Senate will pass this immigration reform bill,
said Walter Kates, director, FFVA Labor Relations Division. The question
is how it comes out of the Conference Committee with the House. Thats the
key to all this, he added.
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